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Using Essential Oils for Digestion

Commonly suggested essential oils for digestion include:

  • Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
  • Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
  • Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
  • Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
  • Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
Diagram of the digestive system, from the mouth to the anus.The Digestive System

Caution: Fennel and anise essential oils are commonly recommended for digestive problems. However, anyone who has or had an estrogen-dependent cancer should probably avoid these oils, according to aromatherapy expert Robert Tisserand in my personal correspondence with him.

Also, peppermint may aggravate GERD (gasto esophageal reflux disease) or hiatal hernia. (Source)

Essential Oils for Digestion Support

Diffuser Blends for Digestive Health

  • Rest and Digest: 3 drops lavender and 2 drops peppermint
  • Digest and Uplift: 2 drops sweet orange, 2 drops ginger, and 1 drop ylang ylang
  • Digestive Support: 2 drops lemon, 1 drop peppermint, 1 drop cardamom, and 1 drop fennel

Source: Essential Oils Hormone Solution

Digestive Health Oil

Use this blend to promote digestion:

  • 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
  • 9 drops sweet marjoram essential oil
  • 6 drops cardamom essential oil
  • 3 drops Roman chamomile essential oil

Pour jojoba in a 1-ounce (30-ml) glass bottle. Add the essential oils. Cap and shake gently. Apply a little of the blend to your belly and low back after a big meal. Source: Aromahead

Essential Oil Blend for Digestive Health

  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops basil essential oil
  • 1 drop either neroli or Roman chamomile essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon carrier oil or unscented lotion

Combine the essential oils in a small dark-colored bottle. Add carrier oil. Close and shake gently.

Thirty minutes before meals, rub a few drops of the blend onto the stomach area and back of hands. Use this concentrated blend sparingly. Inhale as needed from back of hands.

Source: Aromatherapy: A Holistic Guide to Natural Healing with Essential Oils

Essential Oils for Indigestion Relief

In addition to the oils listed at the beginning of the article, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy states the following essential oils may help relieve indigestion:

  • Caraway seed (Carum carvi)
  • Coriander seed (Coriandrum sativum)
  • Dill seed (Anethum gravolens)
  • Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium)
  • Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
  • Sweet fennel (Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce)

To help relieve indigestion, use any of the oils to make massage blends for your abdomen. Two suggested by the book:

  • 10 drops coriander seed essential oil
  • 5 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 3 drops ginger essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons carrier oil


  • 10 drops cardamom essential oil
  • 5 drops dill seed essential oil
  • 5 drops sweet fennel essential oil
  • 5 drops caraway seed essential oil
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3 tablespoons carrier oil

Indigestion Relief Blend

  • 1 teaspoon carrier oil
  • 2 drops rosemary ct. cineole essential oil
  • 1 drop Roman chamomile essential oil
  • 1 drop sweet marjoram essential oil

Blend ingredients. Massage onto abdomen as needed.

Source: The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness

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